Originally Posted by KoolMom
Some have been mentioned already...
Ronnie Rothman, Kathy Hindle, Valley Birthplace, TBC (which is a larger practice but still is seperate from a hospital), I think Pat Sunday is still praciticing too. There is Delco which you had mentioned but also the birth center in Delaware which is close for some people who live outside of the city. Ann Lynn had a practice in doylestown but she retired last year... I know her practice still is accepting patients, I'm not sure though about how many midwives are still working there.
The nice part about having CNM's, CPM's AND OB's is that everyone gets the kind of care that they are looking for. I think there is a lot that needs to be done here in Philly to raise the level of care that we recieve on everyones part (providers and patients included).
BTW what's IRL?
Oh, well, I was specifically talking about practices that fit the needs of the OP...so most of who you listed wouldn't be what she is looking for for her friend. I was referring to small practices of CNM's, to birth in a hospital, and very personal care. And, I still believe that is hard to find around here.
Edited by mom2tatum - 8/21/13 at 9:18pm
I agree it is helpful to have all kinds of practitioners available. But, to me, it's not about what type of practitioner as much as it is about the level of care and the philosophy of pregnancy/labor/birth. And, by just having them around, it does not in any way guarantee that patients get the care they are looking for. Many women look for a small, caring group of CNM's to deliver in a hospital and help to have a low intervention unmedicated birth, and it is unfortunately not what many find - and sometimes too late. I am sure some do. I just don't hear that happening from the ten or so doulas I know and hear from.
Again, I like the Delco MW - very much. I think 3 of them have had their own homebirths and they really really support women in trying to have natural births in a hospital setting. They are really great. They have better c section rates then TBC in Bryn Mawr, I know that for a fact. And their most recent stat on unmedicated births is near 65%. That is unheard of and fabulous, and I would guess it's close to the same as TBC, since TBC's transfer rate is near 30%. I just think Delco MW's are too big right now to truly build a relationship with all of them who may attend you at your birth, so I was responding to the specifics the OP laid out. They outnumber the OB's at Delco. (which is good for their level of respect at the hospital, I figure, but still its own issue).
I think you were misunderstanding me and thinking I was saying CNM's don't provide good care. Maybe it's my wording. I should edit that. In the Phila area, though, CNM's strictly doing hospital births do tend to follow a very obstetrical philosophy of care and tend to have large practice. Sometimes they have hospital rights on paper, but the OB's behind the scenes are dictating many things important to some women trying to avoid intervention. Not all. But most.
And, I'm speaking from not my own doula experience (because I don't actually have any yet, but soon will... ) but from hearing other doula's many experiences all over the area's hospitals and from friends.
Those other names are probably wonderful to have mentioned for other people searching MDC, though, so thanks for providing!
IRL is in real life.